Category Archives: South Lake Tahoe Entertainment

Lake Tahoe Heavenly Resort – Ultimate Adventure

Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster –                 Ultimate Adventure at Heavenly

Epic Discovery Gondola Ride
Epic Discovery Gondola Ride

Spend the day at Lake Tahoe Heavenly Resort, zipping through the pine trees at 8000 feet, when you visit Lake Tahoe. The Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster is new this summer. Race down the 3400 foot track reaching 55 miles per hour in a car that replicates a toboggan. Each car has handbrakes that allow the rider to limit their speed for a truly customized ride.

Epic Discovery Ridge Rider Coaster
Epic Discovery Ridge Rider Coaster

Also new this summer is the Skyway Canopy Tour. The Skyway Tour is a type of challenge course through the Heavenly canopy using aerial bridges and zip lines. The Skyway Canopy Tour and the Blue Streak Zip Lines must be purchased separately.

Epic Discovery Canopy Tour
Epic Discovery Canopy Tour

Heavenly has packaged the fun into their Epic Discovery program. The Epic Discovery program’s goal is to “learn through play” by discovering new truths about the Lake Tahoe Basin while enjoying alpine adventures.  With 12 outdoor activities, Heavenly Epic Discovery is the only adventure park of its kind in the northern Sierras.

Epic Discovery Zip Line
Epic Discovery Zip Line

The Ultimate Adventure Pass includes all day access to the Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster, Summer Tubing, Boulder Cove Ropes Course, Black Bear Ropes Course, the Hot Shot Zip Line, Discovery Forest Ropes Course, and the Granite Peak Climbing Wall. A scenic ride on the Heavenly Gondola is also included. You must be at least 8 years old and 45 inches or taller to enjoy the activities included in the Ultimate Adventure Pass.

Epic Discovery Day Camp
Epic Discovery Day Camp

Never fear little ones, the Little Explorer Pass is just for you! If you are younger than 8 and under 100 pounds, this is the pass for you. The Little Explorer Pass includes a scenic Gondola ride with unlimited all-day access to the Granite Peak Climbing Wall, Red Tail Zip Line and Bear Cub Ropes Course.

Epic Discovery Climbing Wall
Epic Discovery Climbing Wall

In partnership with the US Forest Service, the Sierra Nevada Nature Conservatory and the League to Save Lake Tahoe, Heavenly has provided various learning stations along the Epic Discovery path. Story Stakes and Animal Abilities, feature plants and animals that thrive here in Tahoe. Pathway Stones illuminates the history of Tahoe. Epic Discovery’s learning components are a work in progress. Expect these components to come on line throughout the summer. If you would rather keep your feet firmly on the ground, the Skyline Trail is one of the most beautiful trails in the Tahoe Basin.

Tamarack Lodge
Tamarack Lodge

Tamarack Lodge at the top of Heavenly Mountain serves Barbecue meals, hand crafted drinks and a variety of delicious ice cream. You will also find a cell phone charging station at Tamarack Lodge. The Blue Mountain Café is located at the observation deck and offers a full coffee bar, snacks and smoothies.

Epic Discovery Summer Tubing
Epic Discovery Summer Tubing

To enjoy the fun, visit the Heavenly Gondola ticket window to purchase your package. Epic Discovery hours are June 18th – September 5th from 9 am to 5 pm. Epic Discovery will also be open September 9th – 25th, Fridays and Saturdays only, from 9 am to 5 pm. The all-day Ultimate Adventure Pass will cost you $89. The Little Explorer Pass is just $49. If you need a room, check out Harvey’s, located one block from Heavenly Gondola.

Epic Discovery Activity Map
Epic Discovery Activity Map

If you have already visited Heavenly Epic Discovery, please let us know what you thought. You can leave your comments above. Thanks!








Lake Tahoe Dance Festival – Tahoe City

Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.

-Charles Baudelaire

Lake Tahoe Dance Festival
Lake Tahoe Dance Festival

The 4th Annual Lake Tahoe Dance Festival will take place on the Gatekeeper’s Museum Grounds in Tahoe City. If you visit Lake Tahoe between July 27th and the 29th you will want to get tickets for this beautiful event. Students and teachers from the Tahoe Dance Collective will exhibit their talents and hard work through their innovative and classical performances. Imagine sitting on a blanket in the spectacular Tahoe National Forest while graceful artisans and beautiful music spin fascinating tales.

Tickets are available for $25 at the Lake Tahoe Dance Festival website. Bring a blanket or low back lawn chair to watch the performance in comfort. Park in the Gatekeeper’s Museum parking lot located at 130 West Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City, CA. If the Museum parking lost is full, you will find space at the Transit Center just south of the Museum on Highway 89.

American Century Celebrity Golf Championship – South Lake Tahoe Golf

On July 19-24, 2016, the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship is being held here at Edgewood Golf Course in South Lake Tahoe.


Attention golfers: Edgewood Tahoe offers the best in South Lake Tahoe Golf. This beautiful South Lake Tahoe Golf Course sits right on the shore with spectacular views of our Alpine Lake and the surrounding mountains.

The American Century Celebrity Golf Championship is a week of play, action, and excitement in beautiful South Lake Tahoe. 80 Pro Athletes and Hollywood Celebrities will compete for their share of a $600,000 purse and the coveted American Century Championship Cup. For more information about the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship please visit:

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This event fills up local hotels so don’t delay in making your reservations. Harrah’s, Harvey’s, Mont Bleu, the Hard Rock and the Lakeside Casinos are all within walking distance of the course, as is the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel (formerly the Embassy Suites).

Local’s Tip: For an excellent cigar during and after your round of golf, be sure to visit the Lake Tahoe Cigar Shop on the ground floor of Mont Bleu Casino. The owner, Blythe, is very knowledgeable and friendly and the shop features a walk-in humidor as well as a full line of tobacco products and sports apparel.

To Buy or Not To Buy – Lake Tahoe Bike Rentals

Cruiser Bikes for men and women

Lake Tahoe Bike Rentals 2

You are enjoying beautiful Lake Tahoe and all it has to offer. What could possibly add to your current pleasure – a bike ride! You don’t want to get back in your car and hassle your way across unfamiliar terrain when your goal is to spend time soaking up the great outdoors. Travel by bicycle and do both – enjoy the great outdoors while exploring new scenery.

Lake Tahoe Bike Rentals

Tahoe Bike Company is located right in the heart of Lake Tahoe by El Dorado Beach, the Commons, and Campground by the Lake. You can rent bicycles of all shapes and sizes. Beach cruisers are the heart of this Lake Tahoe bike rentals company. You can also rent electric bicycles, surreys, mountain bikes, tandem bikes, children’s bikes and trailers. The cost to rent a beach cruiser for a day is $45. Perhaps you would like to rent a beach cruiser for the weekend, you are looking at closer to $100 bucks. Worth it? Absolutely. Look around Lake Tahoe at all the people, locals and tourists, out riding their bikes both owned and rented. Tahoe Beach Cruisers even delivers your rentals to your hotel or campsite or vacation rental.

Lake Tahoe Bike Rentals - cost

Perhaps vacation is a good time to try out a new bike and see if you would like to purchase one. You can rent a beach cruiser from any Lake Tahoe bike rentals business at the cost of about $300 for the week. You can also purchase a very nice beach cruiser for $300 and take it on every vacation. My children’s favorite places to vacation are those places that are bicycle friendly. It’s a great way to meet people and make friends. Cycling is not only fun, it is good exercise. Let stress slip away as you cruise along Lake Tahoe’s shores with the breeze in your hair. For more information about renting a bike from Tahoe Bike Company visit: For more information about finding the right beach cruiser visit: Beach Cruisers – Finding the Best Inexpensive Cruisers.

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Valhalla Music Festival

Valhalla Tahoe – Music, Art & Theater

Vahalla Boatouse

You will LOVE the Valhalla Music Festival at the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe. The historic Valhalla Boathouse, located on the shores of South Lake Tahoe, sets the stage for an intimate evening of music and community.  When the boathouse doors are opened, theater goers have a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe.

Valhalla Music Festival - Inside the Boathouse

Most events take place in the gorgeously refurbished boathouse, but others take place on the Grand Lawn or Valhalla Grand Hall. The Grand Lawn and Valhalla Grand Hall may also be reserved for Lake Tahoe weddings and other special events.

Valhalla Music Festival - Grand Lawn

Enjoy Free Live Music on the Grand Lawn                                                            Sunday, July 17th from 12 to 2 pm

Local singer-songwriter Darren Senn will delight and entertain with his bluesy, folksy sound. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and join the fun.

When you visit the Tallac Historic Site, or walk there from either Baldwin Beach or Camp Richardson, you will see upcoming concerts and plays advertised beside the Valhalla Boathouse. You may also join in art shows, classes and community events that take place during the summer months.

Valhalla music lineup

Coming Events of the Valhalla Music Festival and Valhalla Tahoe

Tahoe Improv Players – Theater in the Boathouse – Tickets $12

July 19th & August 2nd at 7:30 pm

California Songwriter Celebration – Featuring Blackie Farrell, Randall Lamb and Richard March – Music in the Boathouse – Tickets $20 & $28

July 20th at 7:30 pm

Hamlet, Russians and Monkeys – Theater in the Boathouse – Tickets $20 & $28

July 21-24 & August 6-7 at 7:30 pm

Izzy Tooinsky – A Toymaker’s Journey Through The Gold Rush – Vaudeville for kids in the Boathouse- Tickets $20 & $28

July 17th at 7:30 pm

Carolyn Dolan with members of the Reno Jazz Orchestra – Jazz music in the Boathouse – Tickets $20 & $28

August 3rd at 7:30 pm

Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams – Country music in the Boathouse – Tickets $20 & $28

August 10th at 7:30 pm

Great Gatsby Murder Mystery Dinner – Valhalla Grand Hall – Tickets $70 & $125

August 13th at 5:30 pm

Rita Hosking Trio – Folk music in the Boathouse – Tickets $20 & $28

August 17th at 7:30 pm

Molly’s Revenge – Celtic music in the Boathouse – Tickets $20 & $28

August 24th at 7:30 pm

Little Faith – Gospel music in the Boathouse – Tickets $20 & $28

August 31st at 7:30 pm

For more information about music and theater events at Valhalla Tahoe and to purchase tickets visit For more information about the Tallac Historic Site visit


Lake Tahoe Live Music

You have finally arrived in the most beautiful place on earth, Lake Tahoe. You are ready to sit by the BBQ and have a drink with friends while letting the lake breeze and live music wash over you. Sound perfect? What if I told you that all this is yours for the taking, and for free?

live at lakeview day

Yes. Believe it!

Lake Tahoe live music takes place every Thursday evening beginning at 4:30 pm. “Live at Lakeview” is a free summer music series being held at the Lakeview Commons Beach on the west side of highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. Okay, okay, the BBQ and drinks are not free, but you can bring your own meat to grill at the beach and visit the beer garden for a cool brew. For more information and directions, please visit the “Live Music” page on my site. And yes, the parking is also free.

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Enjoy Lake Tahoe’s live music and hospitality.

Visit Lake Tahoe!

Visiting Lake Tahoe is always a good idea.

Please take a moment to explore some of the best places to visit in Lake Tahoe. This website is updated to focus on the current season. Each recommendation is written from the viewpoint of a local resident – me!

This video was made by The Beacon Bar & Grill on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Just a taste of what the best places have to offer when you visit Lake Tahoe.